Spectranomics: Linking Plant Traits to their Spectral Properties

Forests are vast, underexplored places. The trees, vines and other plants that occupy forest canopies are often remote and inaccessible. As a result, it is not easy to assess how the diversity and functioning of forests may be changing with human use and climate change.

The Carnegie Institution has developed new scientific approaches that integrate phylogenetic, chemical and spectral remote sensing perspectives - collectively called Spectranomics - to map canopy function and biological diversity throughout forests of the world. This website provides information on field and laboratory activities, along with data, protocols, publications, and other information on the project.

The Spectranomics Project is made possible by the generous support of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

JULY 2016 UPDATE: We have decided to integrate the Spectranomics website into the Carnegie Airborne Observatory website. Until this website is taken down, only the Data Explorer is being maintained. Please visit the new CAO-Spectranomics website for updated project information.